We left Addis on Tuesday 28th June for Jima which is 360kms from Addis. We just reached the outskirts of Addis when the car broke down. All attempts to start it filed and we had to call for help. Ultimately the old car was brought and the newer car was taken back to Addis. As a result we did not arrive in Jima till about 6pm. Early next morning we set out for Bonga which was another 10kms. This is Kaffa province where a new work has been commenced.
We met Asirat who is working in a place called Adiya which is 63kms from Bonga and is very difficult to negotiate even in the dry season but is impossible during the rainy seson. This area has around 400 witch Drs and has not been evangelised. This is different from the west of Kaffa which has many evangelical churches. Asirat has now 5 believers with whom he is hoping to develop this work.
On our way back to Jimma we had lunch in Mulugeta’s mother’s house and we had a lovely time with her and her friends.
On the Friday we went to Ella a place about 100kms from Addis. To get to Ella we travelled on good roads until the last 18kms. We got a great welcome from the believers. There are now about 50 in fellowship and about 25 in Ella 2 which is a fairly new work. Originally the believers worshipped in a rented building but they were able to buy a piece of ground and have put up a new hall on their own initiative. It was a joy to be with them.
On Saturday morning we set out on our final long journey for Awassa and Bale. We arrived in Awassa in the evening and next day we had a lovely time with the believers and there was a good group of children there as we.
On the Monday we left for Bale province and drove to a town called Dodola. In late afternoon 18 brethren came from the countryside to give us an account of the work where they are living. There are now 5 groups meeting in different places and this is a great encouragement as this is a predominately Moslem area. Some of them walked 8 hours to catch the bus while others walked 5 hours. Most of the believers have come from Chobi area and have bought land in Bale. Please remember this work in prayer.
We returned to Addis very tired but happy that we were able to see the work at first hand. This next three weeks will be spent in and around Addis so that will be a bit easier. The photo is of the brethren who came to Dodolla. We continue to value your prayers